2019-2020 “Christmas Tree Recycling Program” Information

Posted on Dec 18, 2019 in Featured, Newsroom, Recycling

2019-2020 “Christmas Tree Recycling Program” Information

The Christmas Tree recycling program is run by the Albemarle County Parks and Rec Department.

This is a program that recycles discarded Christmas Trees that are chipped into mulch and offered to the public for free. The County Parks’ program has been in operation since 1988 and has collected an average of 2300 trees annually that yield over 110 cubic yards of chips. Combining forces with the City of Charlottesville’s Curbside Pick-Up, the joint programs collected 4100 trees yielding 200 cubic yards of chips in 2018. Please note this is reducing the impact on our landfill and helping citizens find a place to dispose of a large and cumbersome item.


Shortly after the Curbside Pick-up, the City and County Parks Crews will join forces and chip and estimated 2200 trees at Darden Towe Park. Free mulch from the recycled trees will be available starting February 1, 2020 at Darden Towe Park.


Pickup program details: Both programs require that decorations, stands and nails be removed. Please no other “yard waste”.


  • The City of Charlottesville Curbside Pick-up for Christmas trees will be the week of January 13, 2020 (trees need to be at the curbside by 7:00 AM).


  • The County of Albemarle will operate seven sites. The sites will be open from December 26, 2019 to January 19, 2020.
  • The hours will be 7:00 AM until dark daily.
  • The sites are:
    1. Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road
      • The recycling location on McIntire Rd may be congested please consider Darden Towe Park as an alternate location that is less congested and is suited better for large loads and contract haulers
    2. Crozet Park in Crozet
    3. Greenwood Community Center in Greenwood
    4. Chris Greene Lake Park in Earlysville
    5. Darden Towe Park on Elks Drive
    6. Scottsville Community Center in Scottsville
    7. Walnut Creek Park, off Old Lynchburg Road


Please contact Albemarle County Parks & Rec with any questions relating to tree drop-off or mulch pick-up: 434-296-5844


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